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Ironton man sentenced to three years in drug case

March 30, 2019

IRONTON — An Ironton man was sentenced this week to three years in prison by Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Andy Ballard in a drug case.

Christopher Maynard, 42, of the 1700 block of Echo Drive, Ironton, pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin and trafficking in drugs.

As part of a plea agreement, gun specification charges and a failure to appear charge were dismissed. Maynard could be eligible for judicial release after serving two years.

In an unrelated case, Kathy Wallace, 39, of Green Acres Drive, Raceland, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to illegal conveyance of prohibited items onto the grounds of a detention facility and possession of meth.

She was sentenced to 42 months in jail by Judge Christen Finley. Wallace could be released from prison to a drug treatment program after serving a year in prison.

In other cases:

• Erica Pennington, 31, of Coal Hollow Road, Ironton, formerly of Ashland, pleaded guilty to possession of meth and failure to appear. She faces a prison sentence of 42 months in prison and could be eligible for early release. Final sentencing was set for next week.

• Norman Fulks, 43, of Township Road 1111, Proctorville, Ohio, pleaded guilty in a felony case and admitted violating community control sanctions. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

• Ballard denied a request for early release from prison by Garbiel L. Miller, no age or address listed. Miller was sentenced to 15 years in prison for aggravated robbery in 2007. He has served 12 years, but also had a poor record from prison officials for fighting, stealing from a commissary and making illegal liquor.

• Cierra Hauff, 32, of Glam River Road, Salt Rock, pleaded guilty in a drug case and was placed on community control sanctions for four years and ordered to do 200 hours of community service and get drug treatment at Mended Reeds.

• Amber Burgess, 34, of Private Drive 13567, Chesapeake, Ohio, admitted violating community control sanctions and was sentenced to seven months in prison.

• Paula R. Rice, 52, of the 2100 block of Riddle Street, Flatwoods, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary. Final sentencing was set for next week.

• Tiffany A. Laber, 30, of the 2200 block of North 5th Street, Ironton, pleaded guilty to four counts of trafficking in meth. Final sentencing was set for next week.

• Jesse T. Haney, 40, of County Road 44, Pedro, Ohio, completed an intervention in lieu of conviction program and a drug charge was dismissed.

• Corey E. Thomas, 31, of Township Road 1 175, Proctorville, admitted violating community control sanctions. He was ordered to complete up to a six-month program at the STAR Community Justice Center in Franklin Furnace. He also was ordered to do 200 hours of community service.

• Brianna Black, 29, of Woodrum Lane, Huntington, pleaded guilty in a drug case and was placed on community control sanctions for four years and was ordered to complete the program at STAR. Black also was ordered to do 200 hours of community service.

• Michelle Brandenburg, 28, of Township Road 1336, South Point, Ohio, pleaded guilty for possession of cocaine. He was placed on community control sanctions for four years and was ordered to complete an inpatient treatment program at Mended Reeds in Ironton

and do 400 hours of community service.

• Anthony Caldwell, 24, of Franklin Furnace, Ohio, pleaded innocent to charges of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer and resisting arrest. Bond was set at $5,000 with electronic monitoring on home confinement. If released on bond, Caldwell is prohibited from driving.

• Kyle S. Black, 22, of Ashland, formerly of the 2200 block of South 9th Street, Ironton, admitted violating community control sanctions and was ordered to attend the relapse program at the STAR Community Justice Center. He also was ordered to do 200 hours of community service.

• Amy Pennington, 35, of the 2400 block of South 5th Street, Ironton, was placed on an intervention in lieu of treatment program for the second time, requiring her to stay drug and alcohol free for a year and continue drug treatment at Mended Reeds in Ironton.

• Joseph Hicks, 39, of the 600 block of May Court, Ashland, admitted violating community control sanctions by failing to report and failing to follow a treatment program after pleading guilty to drug charges in Boyd County. He was ordered to complete the program at STAR and do 200 hours of community service.

• Robert W. Browning, 31, of Ohio 522, Pedro, admitted violating community control sanctions by not paying $100 in restitution, $900 in a supervisory fee and $280 in court costs. His community control sanctions were continued for a year to give him time to pay the fees.